Of course I am prejudiced about this item as my son is the voice of Matthew Parker. We purchased the CD's to give as Christmas presents. Our family loves this series and especially enjoys hearing their grandson/great grandson performing. We recommend to everyone that they visit the site and check out the Adventures in Odyssey products!
Though Adventures in Odyssey (AIO) has been around for over 20 years, Cause & Effect is the first of their 52 releases that our family has had the pleasure of listening to! These wildly popular audio CD sets recreate the feel of old-time radio-drama on CD (they are actually played on the radio as well if you can find them near you), and this set has over five hours of listening on it with 12 stories that focus attention on morals and behavior that honor God.
Now, my seven-year-old is definitely an audio-oriented girl, and she has been camped out around our laptop (I can't find our CD player cord) for the past few days listening to these stories again and again while she works on various drawings and other projects. My four-year-old also camps out beside her when one of her favorite stories is on. My two-year-old still doesn't have the attention span for the discs, but my older children can listen to them almost ALL day long, it's amazing.
One of their favorite things about AIO is the mystery factor. Their favorite stories from the collection are "The Mystery of the Clock Tower" and "Stage Fright" which are the most detective-oriented stories from the collection. Other stories include: "Wooton's Broken Pencil Show", "Fast As I Can", "Opposite Day", "The Owlnapping", "Square One", "A Thanksgiving Story", "An Agreeable Nanny", "The Malted Milkball Falcon", and "Grandma's Christmas Visit". The morals emphasized include fasting, trust, being thankful, responsibility, and many more. There is also a bonus movie clip on the first CD that takes children inside a sound effects studio to see how they recorded one of the scenes from the collection.
I think the only true miss in the collection was "Wooton's Broken Pencil Show", it was too chaotic, and though it tried to make a point by not having a point (trying to guide children into seeking entertainment with meaning), my children just wandered away. There wasn't enough of a story line to hold them.
When I asked my little ones exactly why they like Cause & Effect so much they said it was because it was, "So exciting!" (my 7-year-old), and, "Because the stories are so interesting!" (my 4-year-old). Now, I have girls, but I think that these stories are really good for both genders, which can be tough to find in stories, there is a good balance of characters both male and female of different ages, which makes the series great for family listening.